Why Would The President Ally Himself With Anti-Christian Bully, Dan Savage?

That’s actually a rhetorical question.

Master video maker, and Red State diarist, Ben Howe points out what a grotesque joke it is for the President to endorse this – this ……..person, Dan Savage and his anti-bullying campaign when he is one of the country’s biggest bullies, himself.

Video Exposes #Bully Dan Savage, Adviser To The President:

What does it tell you about our *ahem* devoutly Christian President that he has cretinous, anti-Christian goons like Dan Savage and Bill Mahar as allies?

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Oversight and Reform Panel Votes in favor of Holding Holder in Contempt of Congress – House Vote Next Week

The House Oversight and Reform panel voted today in favor of holding Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress, or as Ace of Spades put it; Voted 23-17 In Favor Of Making “Racism” The Official Language of the US:

Obvious, But Worth Saying Again: Executive privilege can be invoked to protect national security secrets and, to a lesser extent, confidential advice given to the president.

It cannot be used to protect strategizing about how to lie to Congress.

But there is at least one helpful development in Holder’s request that the President invoke executive privilege to shield these documents: The President now owns the consequences of further stonewalling. There is no ongoing DOJ prosecution or investigation to protect. There is no obvious reason why the President can’t waive even what legitimately privileged documents there are (which is probably far fewer than the 1,300 pages being withheld).

The White House defended its refusal to release Fast and Furious documents by saying that Gov. Mitt Romney is worse.

After a Romney spokeswoman slammed the Obama administration for its lack of transparency, the Obama camp hit back by comparing DOJ stonewalling in the lethal operation Fast and Furious, to Romney’s refusal to release his tax returns.

Uh huh. You read that right:

In response, Lis Smith, an Obama campaign spokeswoman, announced that “we look forward to a debate with Mitt Romney about transparency and how he erased his hard drives as governor of Massachusetts and refuses to release his tax returns, reveal his campaign bundlers, say how he’d pay for his tax plan, or make public his fundraisers.”

In another embarrassing development for team FUBAR, Holder was forced to retract his claim that Bush team knew about Fast and Furious…

In a second major retraction over its version of the the gun-walking scandal, the Justice Department has retracted Attorney General Eric Holder’s charge in a hearing last week that his Bush administration predecessor had been briefed on the affair.

In a memo just released by Sen. Chuck Grassley, the Iowa senator reveals that Holder also didn’t apologize to former Attorney General Michael Mukasey for dragging him into the Fast & Furious scandal that is headed for a major legal clash and likely contempt of Congress charge against Holder.

According to Grassley’s memo, Justice said that Holder “inadvertently” made the charge against Mukasey in a hearing.

UPDATE:

Boehner, Cantor Announce House Fast & Furious Contempt Vote Next Week:

WASHINGTON, DC – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) issued the following statement after the House Oversight & Government Reform Committee approved a resolution holding Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt for his refusal to turn over subpoenaed documents related to the Fast & Furious operation:

“Despite being given multiple opportunities to provide the documents necessary for Congress’ investigation into Fast and Furious, Attorney General Holder continues to stonewall.  Today, the Administration took the extraordinary step of exerting executive privilege over documents that the Attorney General had already agreed to provide to Congress.  Fast and Furious was a reckless operation that led to the death of an American border agent, and the American people deserve to know the facts to ensure that nothing like this ever happens again.  While we had hoped it would not come to this, unless the Attorney General reevaluates his choice and supplies the promised documents, the House will vote to hold him in contempt next week.  If, however, Attorney General Holder produces these documents prior to the scheduled vote, we will give the Oversight Committee an opportunity to review in hopes of resolving this issue.”

Issa Statement on Committee Approval of Fast and Furious Contempt Report:

Washington, DC – House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa issued the following statement on the Committee’s approval of a report finding Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress over his refusal to produce documents related to Operation Fast and Furious.  The Committee today approved the finding of contempt on a vote of 23 to 17.

“The Oversight Committee voted to hold Attorney General Holder in contempt for his continued refusal to produce relevant documents in the investigation of Operation Fast and Furious. This was not the outcome I had hoped for and today’s proceeding would not have occurred had Attorney General Eric Holder actually produced the subpoenaed documents he said he could provide.“The President’s assertion of Executive Privilege this morning took us by surprise but did not alter the Committee’s conclusion that documents had been inappropriately withheld.  Executive Privilege only applies to materials that directly pertain to communications with the President and his senior advisors.  This assertion indicates that the White House’s role in Operation Fast and Furious and the response to whistleblower accusations has been greater than previously acknowledged.   Just yesterday, the Attorney General indicated a willingness to produce a small subset of documents on the condition that the Committee end its investigation before they were described or made available for review. Today, the President asserted Executive Privilege to ensure they are never produced.“At the heart of the Congressional investigation into Operation Fast and Furious are disastrous consequences: a murdered Border Patrol Agent, his grieving family seeking answers, countless deaths in Mexico, and the souring effect on our relationship with Mexico.  Congress has not just a right, but an obligation to do all that it can to uncover exactly what happened and ensure that it never occurs again.  After the Justice Department’s earlier false denial of reckless conduct, the Committee has a duty to pursue all options to gather and evaluate key evidence.“I still believe that a settlement, rendering the process of contempt unnecessary, is in the best interest of the Justice Department, Congress, and those most directly affected by Operation Fast and Furious.  I urge Attorney General Holder and President Obama to reconsider their decision to withhold documents that would allow Congress to complete its investigation.”
In fact, some White House emails involving the Fast and Furious program already have been turned over to congressional investigators, including messages between White House National Security staffer Kevin O’Reilly and William Newell, Special Agent in Charge of Phoenix field division for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.The congressional investigation began with Senator Grassley’s inquiry into whistleblower allegations first made in January 2011 that the government had allowed the transfer of the illegally-purchased weapons later found at the scene of the murder of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.  The Department of Justice denied the allegations to Senator Grassley for 10 months before being forced to withdraw its denial in face of evidence to the contrary.

“We owe no less to the family of Brian Terry than our best effort to get to the truth,” Grassley said.  “That has been my primary goal all along.  It is what motivated the whistleblowers to risk their careers, and it is why I will continue to insist on answers.”

The Iowa senator said the House committee investigating the gun-walking operation was forced to subpoena documents due to stonewalling by the Department of Justice and that the contempt citation is “an important” procedural mechanism in our system of checks and balances.  “Congress has a constitutional responsibility to determine what happened so that there’s accountability and this kind of disastrous government program never happens again,” he said.

Click here to see a copy of Grassley’s letter to Obama today.

UPDATE II:

Ace: Brian Terry’s Family: Turn Over The Documents, Mr. President, Jamie Zapata’s Family Files Suit Against the DoJ:

Racists are coming out of the woodwork now!

SEE ALSO:

All American Blogger: Rush Limbaugh: The Whole Point of Fast & Furious Was to Create Mayhem in Mexico (Video)

 

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Best Videos From Today’s Oversight and Reform Contempt Vote Committee Meeting

There will be no videos of Democrats in this mix. Sadly, they were all  spinning shamelessly and disgracefully for the administration.

Issa Finds DOJ “Serious Wrongdoing”: Holder Contempt Vote:

“Our Job is to Find Out What Went Wrong” -Rep. Mica on Fast & Furious

“Who Knew About This?” -Rep. Burton on Fast & Furious Contempt

“No One is Above the Law” -Rep. Gosar on Holder’s Contempt:

“Show Us What You Have” -Rep. Chaffetz to Holder on Fast & Furious:

Holder’s Compromise Offer is “Impossible” – Rep. Walberg on Fast & Furious Contempt

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Trey Gowdy slams Democrat opposition at contempt hearing for Eric Holder

@DarrellIssa tweets:

House votes expected to end at 220 PM EST. #fastandfurious contempt will continue 15 minutes after at http://fastandfuriousinvestigation.com

The contempt vote is expected to pass the Oversight committee on party lines and go to the full House.

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Issa Contempt Committee Meeting This Morning, Streaming Live – Obama Invokes Executive Privilege – Boehner Accuses WH of Cover-up

You can listen to the meeting as it streamed live at Oversight and Reform’s Fast and Furious website.

You can follow the proceedings on Twitter using the #fastandfurious hashtag.

The Democrats on the committee, as expected, are carrying the administration’s water – the brown-nosing “Gentlewoman from NY”, Rep. Maloney actually invoking the words, “partisan witch hunt” in her nonsensical  comments.

At yesterday’s meeting with Holder, Chairman Issa flatly rejected Holder’s offer to postpone the contempt vote, telling Greta Van Susteren later that night:

Sadly the Attorney General said in the meeting that if we go forward with contempt we’d get no cooperation from that time forward. On the other hand he said that if we would take the briefing we’d have to close the case. We’re sorta between a rock and a hard spot.

We really have to go forward – yes contempt is unusual and the US Attorney pleading the case before a federal judge in DC can take some time and unfortunately during that time we don’t expect to get a lot of new discovery. But again, you really have no choice when the executive branch says no we won’t allow you to look into misconduct within the executive branch.

Issa assured Van Susteren that the Speaker was “standing shoulder to shoulder” with him on holding the Attorney General accountable.

Senator Grassley said:

“The attorney general wants to trade a briefing and the promise of delivering some small, unspecified set of documents tomorrow for a free pass today,” Grassley said. “He wants to turn over only what he wants to turn over and not give us any information about what he’s not turning over. That’s unacceptable. I’m not going to buy a pig in a poke. Chairman Issa is right to move forward to seek answers about a disastrous government operation.”

Issa read the letter from Deputy Attorney General James Cole as his committee was opening the hearing. He said he was evaluating the situation but would not hold off on the contempt vote.

President Barack Obama has invoked executive privilege to withhold certain Justice Department documents tied to the flawed “Operation Fast and Furious” gun-smuggling investigation from a House panel demanding them. Obama’s 11th-hour decision, revealed in a letter from the Justice Department to House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, did not derail the California Republican’s plans to hold a vote declaring Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress.

“I write now to inform you that the President has asserted executive privilege” over the documents, Deputy Attorney General James Cole told Issa.

“Although we are deeply disappointed that the Committee appears intent on proceeding with a contempt vote, the Department remains willing to work with the Committee to reach a mutually satisfactory resolution of the outstanding issues,” Cole wrote in the letter.

The question everyone is asking: “If the WH had nothing to do with #FastandFurious, why claim executive privilege?”

UPDATE:

The Politico: Boehner accuses White House of Fast and Furious cover-up:

On the heels of President Obama’s decision to shield Department of Justice documents under the doctrine of executive privilege, a spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner accused White House officials of being involved in a cover-up.

“Until now, everyone believed that the decisions regarding ‘Fast and Furious’ were confined to the Department of Justice,” Boehner spokesman Brendan Buck said in a statement.

“The White House decision to invoke executive privilege implies that White House officials were either involved in the ‘Fast and Furious’ operation or the cover-up that followed. The Administration has always insisted that wasn’t the case. Were they lying, or are they now bending the law to hide the truth?” Buck said.

#WAR

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Video: Andrea Mitchell Non-Apology Remix

Monday, MSNBC was caught distorting Mitt Romney’s comments about a PA grocery store chain to make him look out of touch, when what he was doing was comparing the innovation and efficiency of the private sector to the public sector.

After the dishonest selective editing job was discovered by Sooper Mexican, a spokeswoman for MSNBC  said they were looking into the matter.

At Newsbusters, Brent Bozell fumed:

This isn’t journalism. This is make believe. Barack Obama has been damaged by his careless comment that “the private sector is doing fine” – exposing how out of touch he is with reality – and his friends in the liberal media are busy dicing up video clips to pin the “out of touch” label on his Republican rival. Several media outlets picked up on Mitchell’s “report” – including CNN and Politico – and now have to eat crow as her deception has come to light.

Mitchell would have to offer something — anything to explain what she did…

 Ace reported on Mitchell’s paltry correction with disgust:

“Apparently this is the result of their investigation. She only plays a few more seconds of the remark (his summation, but not the earlier contrast he drew with the government sector), and does not even mention that the edit has been called deceptive.”

All she says is that there was more and “we didn’t get a chance to play it.”

Bullet People takes the ball from there:

A remix concentrating on the two most dishonest sentences read off a teleprompter in recent memory. Watch Andrea Mitchell say a pair of carefully crafted sentences to first explain a misleading edit as a simple timing choice and second to segue quickly out of the embarrassing topic. As the face of MSNBC’s dishonestly edited video, she owes her first apology to professional journalists.

See also:

Deacon’s Bench: Memo to NBC: What the hell is wrong with you?

You deserve what they’re saying about you.  It’s earned.  You have worked long and hard to merit the suspicion, acrimony, mistrust and revulsion that the media-buying public increasingly heaps upon you.   You have successfully eroded any confidence, dispelled any trust, and driven your audience into the arms of the Internet and the blogosphere, where biases are affirmed and like-minded people can tell each other what they hold to be true, since nobody believes in objective reality any more.  You have done a superlative job of diminishing what was once a great profession and undermining one of the vital underpinnings of democracy, a free press.

Good job.

I just have one question:

What the hell is wrong with you guys?

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